We've reached the half way point in the minor league season, which usually means a few things. It means you've got new draft picks entering the system, with almost all of those guys going to the short-season leagues. It means you've got those short-season leagues starting up. And it means you're going to start seeing a lot of promotions throughout the minors.
The Pirates saw a lot of promotions over the last few weeks, with ten prospects promoted in the last ten days. That sounds like an MLB Network pre-season segment. Hopefully you're not reading the rest of this article with a Harold Reynolds voice in your head.
Before the promotions begin, I always see comments about "Promotion Chains". That's where people think that a group of players all need to move up at the same time across multiple levels, and that it's impossible to just move one of those guys. For example, there will be the "Promote Gerrit Cole to the majors, Jameson Taillon to Triple-A, Nick Kingham to Double-A, Tyler...
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